By: Mission Healthy Living
November 11, 2016
If you've just signed up to run your first 5K, there's work to be done to prepare for race day. Here's a few things to keep in mind as you work towards your goal:
Stay hydrated: No matter the weather or the length of a race you're about to run, you need to properly hydrate. Drink plenty of water, but don't overdo it.
Get plenty of sleep: You need all the energy you can get, so rest up and get plenty of Zzzs during your training. The week of the race, focus on getting a good night's sleep two nights prior to race day.
Fuel up: Eat a healthy meal the night before the race to nourish your body for what it's about to partake in. You don't have to overdo it on the carbs to feel ready. Instead, find out what you should be eating prior to running. Your body needs all the fuel it can get--treat it right!
Arrive early: Pick up your race packet, do some light jogging and stretching to warm up and ease your race-day anxiety by showing up prepared and ready to go! It will save you time in the morning and you'll be happy to have one less thing to worry about.
Avoid changes in routine: Don't experiment the night before race day with new foods that your body is not used to. Eat as you normally would to prevent any issues from foods your body is not accustomed to. Don't try new clothes either unless you've had the chance to test them out a couple times before to prevent chafing and anything else that could hinder you on race day.
For 5Ks in the area, check out our events page for more information!